Welcome to Our Church Website
Did you know that Riverview First United Methodist Church was the first Methodist congregation in all of Hillsborough County, and that 2021 marks the 175th year that our church has been operating in one Riverview location or another? We look forward to continuing to serve our community’s spiritual needs through worship, bible study, and small groups both at the church and in the surrounding community. And we are happy to serve our communities food needs through our partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, ECHO, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, South Shore United Methodist Church, the Rice Creek Mobile Home Park, and other supporters too numerous to mention.
We continue to provide precautions against COVID-19. We offer social distancing, require masks and temperature checks for those entering the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, and provide hand sanitizer and individual communion supplies. We welcome all those who seek a Sunday worship experience to our early morning service at 8:00 AM, our adult Gleaners Sunday School at 9:00 AM, and/or our regular Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM.
If you are like many of us, the worship of our God is an important and regular part of your life. RUMC wants to be here for you both today and in the future. We hope to see you soon in person.
January was Stewardship month. Many folks shared experiences and reasons why we should give our time, talent and gifts to the church.
Our Sunday services continue to be available online. We are trying to add some variety with special music or singing. Do you have a musical talent to share with us? If so, please let the Worship committee know.
Nearly 2000 families received groceries the last quarter (October through December) 2020. We are serving more than 60 hot lunches each week on Tuesdays. We encourage you to sign up for at least once a month to help. Serving hot meals can be most rewarding—as can helping out at the pantry, giving out food or packing it for future distributions. Some of the work does not require direct contact with the public if you prefer to stay in the background.
We are proud that we were able to keep up our Connectional askings, our conference obligations, during the past pandemic year of 2020. We were 100% for our apportionment giving in 2020. In addition, we gave the Florida UMC Children’s Home more than $1900 through our noisy offerings and other giving. We thank everyone for their gifts.
Have you noticed the new ramp in front of the sanctuary? It was a gift from Seth Hunt and his EAGLE Scout project. The scouts spent a long Saturday replacing the ramp. We are so thankful!!!
We socialized on a recent Wednesday Evening with a Virtual Bingo Night. The prizes were donated gift cards to restaurants, etc. On March 24th, we plan to guess “who is who” in the pictures. If you can, please send me a picture of your younger self--a baby picture or high school picture would be ideal—and I will scan it into my computer. On March 24th, it will be fun to see whom we can identify.
We are currently studying Revelation on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 pm. You may join us by smartphone or computer. We currently have students from as far away as Connecticut and Tennessee.
We are missing our Hispanic Ministry since Pastor Norma and Rey have moved to North Carolina. What a beautiful group of people they are—we hope to restart our Hispanic Ministry in the near future.
We continue to have many opportunities for you to give your time and talents. If you have a love of numbers, our treasurer and counters like to speak to you. You can meet them in the church library after the Sunday service. Do you have computer skills? We have purchased a Text in Church Program to help keep in contact with our congregation and guests. We need someone with the time and interest to learn and use it.
It is almost time to start the painting that has been postponed after the COVID-19 pandemic. Is yard work your passion? Just look around as you drive by and let us know what you can do. We are planning to hold an Easter on the River service down by the parsonage, and we will need folks to rake leaves and clean off parking lots before that can happen. Have you noticed the work has started on the youth building after it was hit in an accident? We will be cleaning inside the new building in the near future.
We thank everyone in the Riverview community and beyond for their support: RUMC runs on the prayers, financial support, attendance, and involvement of our members.